Post Match Scuffle, Festive Wrap

CouchBlogWhen the rugby season comes to an end this critic swops his couch seat for a spot in the middle of the action. Perhaps as a sadistic form of clearing my conscious for not holding back with my comments from the couch I trade the criticizing of rugby players for copping a fair amount of abuse from weekend warriors in the middle of the pitch as I umpire in the local cricket league.

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Patience the key in 2018

citizenIt is great to be back at the keyboard after a very enjoyable break and I wish all of this columns readers a prosperous 2018 and for those who enjoy a flutter let’s hope we can finish ahead of the bookmakers this year.

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Punters misses 59/1 payday!

citizenI have taken a cautious approach to betting in 2018 and it is probably just as well as on my current form I could probably stop a runaway train, let alone an odds-on shot.

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Post Match Scuffle, International Wrap

CouchBlogA month ago we said that the tour up North will be a good gaugewith regard to where exactly the balance of power lies in world rugby at present and how teams from across the pond stack up against each other.

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Post Match Scuffle, Wet Weather Warriors

CouchBlogIt seems that every time the Boks lose we go on a tangent about how dreadful they were and the many shortcomings that can be seen in their game. In contrast when Allister Coetzees side get the W the critics focus on how poor their opponents were and refuse to give much credit to the efforts of the Saffas.

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Desperate Boks have it all to do!

citizenThe International rugby season ends on Saturday when South Africa take on Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. It is the only fixture this weekend and as it falls outside of the International rugby window there will be a few players missing from both teams due to club commitments.

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Post Match Scuffle, Russian Roulette

CouchBlogWhat a bizarre weekend of rugby it was. The Aussies felt the wrath of the rugby gods, the All Blacks came within 10 meters of losing to Scotland and the Springboks actually managed to win a test away from home. Crazy times indeed.

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Paying the price for poor discipline!

citizenI have had plenty of ups and downs in my sports betting career (the amount of time I spend on it I think you could call it a “career”) but 2017 is going to do down as the one in which I lost my discipline and a whole lot of cash.

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Post Match Scuffle, It’s more of the same in 2017

CouchBlogIn summary of this past weekends results it reads rather like so many weekends before it thus far in 2017. The All Blacks showed just enough moments of mortality to leave one thinking that they are less godly and more human.

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Hard to see Bok ship turning!

citizenIt has been an interesting week for me as far as talking rugby is concerned. Everyone I have run into has turned the conversation to that awful Bok performance against the Irish on Saturday night.

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Nedbank Golf Challenge 2017, Betting Blog

golf.nedbank.suncityWith its bigger field and November tee off the Nedbank Golf Challenge is no longer my favourite golfing event to bet on but I am not prepared to let the week go by without a punt.

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Irish to put Boks to the sword!

citizenI am really looking forward to the year-end internationals and matches don’t get much bigger than Ireland against South Africa in Dublin on Saturday.

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Post Match Scuffle, A Barbarian Romance

CouchBlogLong moonlight strolls on the beach or a picnic packed for two might be what ticks the boxes for you but nothing beats the romance of Barbarians rugby for this critic. There is just something special when the men in black and white jog out onto the pitch.

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Post Match Scuffle, Province Mass

CouchBlogAt Sunday Mass the pastor asked the congregation who had been passed over by the cup all the Province supporters swiftly pointed to their nearest Shark acquaintance.Fortunately this is a fictional tale on the part ofthis couch critic (of course I knew the ridicule awaiting a Shark supporter so just skipped church entirely sorry Reverend!).

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The tale of two bets!

citizenOne of a sports bettors worst nightmares is to be watching a game but not knowing what to shout for.

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Sharks to deliver the handicap!

citizenReaders of last weeks article will know that I had some pretty tense moments in the Currie Cup semi-final between the Sharks and the Bulls. I had backed the home team to win by 9 points or more and was pretty confident it would arrive and judging by my stake, perhaps a little bit over confident.

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Post Match Scuffle, Wallabies Give All Blacks A Whack

CouchBlogWith the Aussies trailing 13-7 after just over 30 minutes of play this critic left his seat to get his first amber coloured drink of the day. Surely the writing was on the wall for this contest I thought as I poured the liquid gold into my favourite mug (yes it does have a Sharks emblem on it).

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The Cat’s Out The Bag

CouchBlogThe cat leapt off the sofa in horror – seeking a place of solace whilst my mother looked on wide eyed and in a state of semi-shock. This couch critic travelled to KZN to visit the family home whilst on leave but clearly the old lady was not quite used to my “interactive” manner of watching a rugby game…!

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Currie Cup Offers Opportunities!

citizenThe Currie Cup has taken a lot of criticism from fans in recent times because it has become diluted due to Bok call ups, the Pro 14 and players choosing to go and make money in countries like Japan.

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Sharks look the Business!

citizenSay what you want to about the Currie Cup, but when the semi-finals roll around the tension begins to build as the top provinces fight it out for glory.

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Bookies take a battering!

citizenRugby sports bettors were able to take advantage of some generous pricing from bookmakers this past weekend.

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Post Match Scuffle, Kissing Cousins

CouchBlogIf drawing is like kissing your sister then drawing against the Aussies must be the equivalent of make out with your cousin and not the good looking one that youve always secretly wished wasnt family but the braces wearing fuller model with the crossed eyes.

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Post Match Scuffle, Cheetahs Leave Their Mark

CouchBlogShould they or shouldn’t they…?? That has been the question on everyone’s lips since the Cheetahs (and the Kings) refused to sulk off into the sunset with their tails between their legs after being kicked out of Super Rugby and instead migrated into the Guinness Pro14. After a tough learning curve in the opening few weeks the men from the Cheetahs have finally shown their bite.

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Can Boks bounce back?

citizenThe Springboks gets a chance to bounce back from the 57-0 beating suffered at the hands of the All Blacks when they host the Wallabies in Bloemfontein this weekend.

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Post Match Scuffle, Disastrous

CouchBlogDisastrous, humiliating, embarrassing weve heard it all the past few hours and days after the beating the All Blacks put on the Springboks in Albany on Saturday.

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The difference between a punter and a fan!

citizenIt was very sad to see the Boks take a 57-0 hammering at the hands of the mighty All Blacks last week. I was keeping an eye on the scores while watching my daughter play water polo and many dads were doing likewise as I could hear the groans from the stands every time the home team ran in another try.

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Post Match Scuffle, Certainties

CouchBlogThere are certainties in this world Death, taxes and an all-conquering final Kiwi flourish. Regardless of how a New Zealand team might have stuttered along for the first hour or so they seemingly without fail are able to engage a sixth gear which no one else possesses.

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Bookies clean up down under!

citizenIn last week’s column, I wrote about the fact that sports bettors were divided on the South Africa v Australia test match. There was a school of thought (which included me) that thought Australia would be the business at home but at the same time there was strong support for the Boks to win the game.

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Punters split on Perth Test!

citizenThe Springboks Rugby Championship test against the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday is one of the most eagerly anticipated for some time.

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Post Match Scuffle, Floyd, Boks, Currie Cup

CouchBlogThey talked of a gold medal ping pong player facing Roger Federer, an under-water hockey champion looking to take on Michael Phelps or perhaps your local pubs best pool player trying to challenge Phil Taylor at darts with the hope of scoring more 180 calls that the legend.

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Post Match Scuffle, Rugby Championship Round 1 Wrap

CouchBlogThey had been together in camp for four weeks. Their opponents were missing a few of their regulars and one was playing under a bit of a cloud of personal miss conduct. The British and Irish Lions proved a month or so ago that the mighty men in black were not unbeatable. Coach Cheika had also spent some time addressing the poor fitness levels of side.

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Money to be made!

citizenWe pretty much have rugby all year around these days but at the moment punters are spoilt for choice with so much live rugby to watch and bet on. Most of us tend towards focusing on the high profile tournaments like the Rugby Championship but the real betting value actually lies elsewhere.

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Post Match Scuffle, Currie Cup Round 5 Wrap

CouchBlogI feel sorry for the likes of the Cheetahs who might be giving a few of their top players a month or so off but for most the squad they will for all intents and purposes be playing rugby for the entire calendar year come February 2018 as they will be going strong in the Pro14 but that time.

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Can anyone stop the All Blacks?

citizenThe Rugby Championship gets going this weekend and a look at the betting suggests that it is almost race over for the All Blacks. They are virtually unbackable at odds of 1/8 for victory meaning that for every R80 that you invest you would only get a R10 profit.

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Post Match Scuffle, Final Felions

CouchBlogThe regular comfy couch seat was swopped for parking my derriere in a plastic bucket seat on the Lower Level of the main grandstand at Ellispark and boy what a show it was!

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Sucked in by the Lions hype!

citizenHaving got the Lions v Hurricanes semi-final hopelessly wrong in the end I was determined to show a profit on the Super Rugby final between the Lions and Crusaders on Saturday.

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Post Match Scuffle, Delectable Display of Super Rugby

CouchBlogIn 2007 I was supporting the Sharks form the comfort of my couch. The delight of Albert van den Berg’s “match winning” score was followed by the sheer gut wrenching sight of Bryan Habana crossing the whitewash to transform my jubilance into heartache and sorrow.

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Mixed feelings about Lions win!

citizenI was already well up for the weekend heading into the Lions v Hurricanes semi-final on Saturday. The Crusaders recovered from a slow start (on the field not the scoreboard) to beat the Chiefs by 14 points to comfortably deliver my handicap play of Crusaders -6.5 points.

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Post Match Scuffle, Festive Wrap
Post Match Scuffle, Festive Wrap

When the rugby season comes to an end this critic swops his couch seat for a spot in the middle of the action. Perhaps as a sadistic form of clearing my conscious for not holding back with my comments from the couch I trade the criticizing of rugby players for copping a fair amount of abuse from weekend warriors in the middle of the pitch as I umpire in the local cricket league.

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Patience the key in 2018
Patience the key in 2018

It is great to be back at the keyboard after a very enjoyable break and I wish all of this columns readers a prosperous 2018 and for those who enjoy a flutter let’s hope we can finish ahead of the bookmakers this year.

Full Story
Punters misses 59/1 payday!
Punters misses 59/1 payday!

I have taken a cautious approach to betting in 2018 and it is probably just as well as on my current form I could probably stop a runaway train, let alone an odds-on shot.

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